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    how to scrap a refrigerator?

    is there anything special i have to do before bring it to the yard.Or something i can do to maximize my profits? its a old 1990's type


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    G'Luck DYT! I'm looking forward to the answers on this myself

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    Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, or point you to an older thread which I'm sure exists multiple times on this subject..but eh, what the hell.

    Remove the freon. In a legit manner! That's all my yard asks me to do far as prep work for a fridge. Oh and any glass. My yard isn't very picky about the glass part but then I bribe them often with cold beer and sometimes lunch.

    Make sure you do it right, as it's a huge fine..$10,000 smackers if I recall right, and that goes to whoever snitches you out if I recall also. It's also bad for the environment.

    Good luck!

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    Yeah that was my main concern is Freon.since i herd about the whole snitch and get 10 g's,ive searched the forums.but i come up with little info or none at all. Im not gonna do this often just going to replace my refrigerator and need the money.
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    Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, or point you to an older thread which I'm sure exists multiple times on this subject..but eh, what the hell.

    Remove the freon. In a legit manner! That's all my yard asks me to do far as prep work for a fridge. Oh and any glass. My yard isn't very picky about the glass part but then I bribe them often with cold beer and sometimes lunch.

    Make sure you do it right, as it's a huge fine..$10,000 smackers if I recall right, and that goes to whoever snitches you out if I recall also. It's also bad for the environment.

    Good luck!

    Sirscrapalot - studying up for license to recapture freon from small household appliances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DropYoTop View Post
    Yeah that was my main concern is Freon.since i herd about the whole snitch and get 10 g's,ive searched the forums.but i come up with little info or none at all. Im not gonna do this often just going to replace my refrigerator and need the money.
    Try CL @ better than scrap?

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    I got lucky and had a buddy here on my sandbar who had the time to capture the freon for me, so it worked out well. Bear has the right of it also, pop it up on CL if it still works or easily fixed and see if ya can sell it for more then scrap. I had a dryer that was broken, and had just been given a working one, so I put the old one up on cl checked my email daily along with cell messages, not a single bite on it. Soon as I decided to bite the bullet and load it in my van and take it to the yard..next day some lady emailed asking if it was still available for the $50 I was asking for it.

    If you plan to deal with a lot of fridges or things with freon you might want to check in to a license to remove and capture the freon. I plan to get mine just for those odd moments when I do deal with them.

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    It broke due to the power outage its no where near fixable and very old and dirty
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    Try CL @ better than scrap?

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    I also always take out the AL radiator thats behind the lining in the freezer...... easy to get and takes just a few minutes...why not!














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    A major part of our day is spent recycling refrigerators and AC/Dehumidifiers. The first step is investing in a machine to reclaim the freon in a proper way. Your going to need a tank as well, allowing you to capture and save the freon.

    The benefits of having these tools are numerous. There is both copper and aluminum in refrigerators, though some aluminum is not worth going for if time is an issue. A lot of the radiators behind the freezer are worth it, though some are a nuisance. You can easily get 700 lbs of copper on refrigeration alone in a months worth of work. Another often overlooked item to recycle are dehumidifiers and air conditioning. You will find more freon, more copper, and most importantly, alum-copper radiators (alco). If you take the time to cut the steel ends off the radiators, the price jumps up significantly. It's well worth it. We get about 1500 lbs of alco in a month during high season and @ $2 a pound, it's not a bad suppliment. On top of this, prices for Refrigerant 12 are quite high. A 300 lb. cylinder scored us about 7 grand a few months back. Very lucrative.

    We just throw the carcasses into a scap truck and make whatever we can off the steel. Hope this helps and encourages all you guys looking into this.

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    Get all the major parts then keep a best desire to make a perfect achievement to get easy to uninstalled all the necessary things that will make new things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moshei View Post
    Get all the major parts then keep a best desire to make a perfect achievement to get easy to uninstalled all the necessary things that will make new things.
    That's exactly what I was going to say!

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    You might check around before you scrap it out, there might be some appliance repair shops in your area that could use it for parts. That would pay more than scrap. I guess all you would need is the brand and model number to call around.


    and if you ever find a ge monogram fridge, they can bring $500+ just by selling a few parts
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    Quote Originally Posted by NMatheson View Post
    A major part of our day is spent recycling refrigerators and AC/Dehumidifiers. The first step is investing in a machine to reclaim the freon in a proper way. Your going to need a tank as well, allowing you to capture and save the freon.

    The benefits of having these tools are numerous. There is both copper and aluminum in refrigerators, though some aluminum is not worth going for if time is an issue. A lot of the radiators behind the freezer are worth it, though some are a nuisance. You can easily get 700 lbs of copper on refrigeration alone in a months worth of work. Another often overlooked item to recycle are dehumidifiers and air conditioning. You will find more freon, more copper, and most importantly, alum-copper radiators (alco). If you take the time to cut the steel ends off the radiators, the price jumps up significantly. It's well worth it. We get about 1500 lbs of alco in a month during high season and @ $2 a pound, it's not a bad suppliment. On top of this, prices for Refrigerant 12 are quite high. A 300 lb. cylinder scored us about 7 grand a few months back. Very lucrative.

    We just throw the carcasses into a scap truck and make whatever we can off the steel. Hope this helps and encourages all you guys looking into this.
    Thanks for the info !!

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    Has anyone scrapped a hobart aluminum walk in freezer? Is it worth it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hclscrap View Post
    Has anyone scrapped a hobart aluminum walk in freezer? Is it worth it?
    Nope but I'm eagerly waiting your write up on the experience.
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    i tore down a house about 2 weeks ago,,it had a 2 story basement in it....yes that is correct 2 basements....anyhow guess where the up right freezer and refrigerator were...thats right in the bottom basement...they were the old type from the 60s with the locking handles....i actually cut them into 3 pieces and removed the compressors so i could remove them myself...i was surprised but it didnt take me 15 minutes and only 1 blade to get them taken care of

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    With the Aluminium radiator inside the fridges...

    There's a small steel tube about a inch long inside where they weld the aluminium tubing to the radiator.
    You almost have to cut right back into the radiator part to remove it.
    Discard that chunk of Ali rad/Ali weld/Ali tube as contaminated Ali.

    Looking back I relise that early in my scrapping metal experiences I was having some sales downgraded to 'contaminated ali' because of that little bitta steel.
    They know its there, it can be picked up with a magnet, and that's why experience counts in dollar$ in this business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hclscrap View Post
    Has anyone scrapped a hobart aluminum walk in freezer? Is it worth it?
    I did a walk in cooler but it wasn't a Hobart. It was very easy because the panels all locked together and all I needed was an ellen wrench to break down into manageable pieces. The hardest part is removing the heavy compressor. I resold mine and had no problem with inquiries. From a strickly scrap metal value it probably would not be worth it.
    If it wasn't for the $ in $crap, it would just be.....

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    Are you guys just taking the shells and doors to the dump after being stripped? Whats the weight on just the remaining shells usually? want to make sure its cost effective, thanks for all the tips!


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